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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Season
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'The Season is a humorous insight into the inner workings of a family mutton bird shed on Dog Island (part of the Bass Strait Islands) during the six week harvest season of the mutton birds by Aboriginal Tasmanian people.' 'The story follows the highs and lows of the mutton bird season; with no TV reception and basic living conditions there are lots of shenanigans. Every problem is complicated by the island factor, dealing with extreme weather and ‘family’. There are plenty of tears, truths and laughs to be had during a birding season and at the Maynard’s shed it’s no exception.'

Source: Publisher's blurb; Tasmanian Times.com

Production Details

  • First performed at Yellamundie Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Playwriting Festival, 8 August 2015.

    Will be staged in theatres across the country in 2017 including Ten Days on the Island Festival in March.

    Produced by Tasmania Performs.

    Director: Isaac Drandic

    Cast: Trevor Jamieson, and including seven leading Aboriginal actors.


    Produced at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, Mt Gambier, 18 August 2018.

    Produced by Tasmania Performs.

    (No information on cast and crew: likely as below.)


    Produced at His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, 23-25 August 2018.

    Writer: Nathan Maynard.

    Director: Isaac Drandic.

    Dramaturg: Peter Matheson.

    Set and Costumer Designer: Richard Roberts.

    Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke.

    Sound Designer: Ben Grant.

    Cast: Luke Carroll, Nazaree Dickerson, Trevor Jamieson, Lisa Maza, and James Slee.

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Works about this Work

Truly Great Season Jillian Mundy , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 22 March no. 647 2017; (p. 8)
'Last Friday was a huge night for Tasmanian Aboriginal muttons-birders and a cast of leading Aboriginal actors in The Season when the play hit home shores in Hobart.'
The Season: New Tasmanian Play with All-Aboriginal Cast Set for Opera House Premiere Rhiannon Shine , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , January 2017;
'Some families bond over an annual backyard cricket match, others might return to the same caravan park year after year. The Maynard clan would gather to hunt mutton birds on a desolate island in Bass Strait.' (Introduction)
50,000 Years of Story Jack Latimore , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , January 2017;
'Troowolway man Nathan Maynard’s play The Season, premiering this week at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival, has been a long time in the making. In some ways, it began at an Indigenous scriptwriting program a couple of years ago, but it’s also been guided to realisation from a lot further back by family mentors.' (Introduction)
‘I Wanted Something to Celebrate’ : Indigenous Playwright Tackles Tradition in The Season Steve Dow , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 December 2016;
'Nathan Maynard’s comedy about family dynamics and the ancient practice of muttonbirding is delightfully funny.'
Indigenous Content for Sydney Fest Rudi Maxwell , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 2 November no. 638 2016; (p. 7)
'Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch ... announced a hugh program for next January's festival with significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content ...'
Indigenous Content for Sydney Fest Rudi Maxwell , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 2 November no. 638 2016; (p. 7)
'Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch ... announced a hugh program for next January's festival with significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content ...'
‘I Wanted Something to Celebrate’ : Indigenous Playwright Tackles Tradition in The Season Steve Dow , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 December 2016;
'Nathan Maynard’s comedy about family dynamics and the ancient practice of muttonbirding is delightfully funny.'
50,000 Years of Story Jack Latimore , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , January 2017;
'Troowolway man Nathan Maynard’s play The Season, premiering this week at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival, has been a long time in the making. In some ways, it began at an Indigenous scriptwriting program a couple of years ago, but it’s also been guided to realisation from a lot further back by family mentors.' (Introduction)
The Season: New Tasmanian Play with All-Aboriginal Cast Set for Opera House Premiere Rhiannon Shine , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: ABC News [Online] , January 2017;
'Some families bond over an annual backyard cricket match, others might return to the same caravan park year after year. The Maynard clan would gather to hunt mutton birds on a desolate island in Bass Strait.' (Introduction)
Truly Great Season Jillian Mundy , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 22 March no. 647 2017; (p. 8)
'Last Friday was a huge night for Tasmanian Aboriginal muttons-birders and a cast of leading Aboriginal actors in The Season when the play hit home shores in Hobart.'
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